SINGAPORE, 10 February 2017: Singapore Airlines said Thursday it had ordered 39 Boeing passenger planes worth USD13.8 billion as it seeks to expand its capacity in the face of growing competition.
The carrier said it had signed a letter of intent with the US manufacturer for 20 of its 777-9s and 19 of its 787-10s, with options for six more of each aircraft, bringing the total to 51 if exercised.
“Today’s major order for wide-body aircraft enables us to continue operating a modern and fuel-efficient fleet, providing the SIA Group with additional expansion opportunities to ensure that we retain our industry-leading position,” chief executive Goh Choon Phong said in a statement. Read more
BANGKOK, 9 February 2017: Thai Airways International’s search for a new president resulted in a short list of nine candidates, who are now under consideration, according to a statement by the airline’s board of directors, Wednesday.
Reporting on the results of the 7 February board meeting the airline said qualifications of the nine applicants are being given consideration according to regulations specified in the recruitment announcement.
The airline, in a statement to the Stock Exchange of Thailand, “acknowledged the end of the term of Charamporn Jotikasthira” as airline president. Read more
JAKARTA, 3 February 2017: An Indonesian passenger plane carrying 130 people skidded off the runway as it landed at a major airport in heavy rain, the airline said Thursday, the latest mishap to hit the country’s aviation sector.
No one was hurt after the Boeing 737-800 operated by Indonesian flag carrier Garuda came off the runway at the airport serving the city of Yogyakarta late Wednesday as it arrived from Jakarta.
Adisutjipto International Airport, on Java island, was closed following the incident, with authorities saying it would remain shut until Thursday afternoon to allow the plane to be removed from the area. Read more
MELBOURNE, 18 January 2017: Australia’s transport minister, Wednesday, defended the suspension of the undersea search for MH370, after relatives of passengers slammed the decision, and added that it could resume if “credible new evidence” emerges.
Australia, Malaysia and China — where most of the 239 on board the missing Malaysia Airlines jet resided — on Tuesday pulled the plug on the massive operation in the southern Indian Ocean almost three years since the plane vanished, 8 March 2014, en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.
Transport Minister Darren Chester said the investigation’s high cost — about AUD200 million (USD150 million) — was not a factor in the decision. It came after the search of the remote 120,000 square-kilometre zone (46,000 square miles) was completed without success. Read more
KUWAIT CITY, 16 January 2017: A German plane carrying 299 passengers made an emergency landing in Kuwait on Sunday over a hoax bomb threat, authorities in the Gulf emirate said.
The aircraft was operated by Eurowings, a low-cost carrier owned by Lufthansa, that competes head-on with Ryanair and Easyjet.
The aircraft was travelling from Salalah in Oman to Cologne in Germany when the captain requested an emergency landing. Read more
LISBON, 6 December 2016: Qatar Airways jet made an emergency landing at a Portuguese military base in the Azores islands Sunday after heavy turbulence injured passengers.
The Boeing 777 flying from Washington to Doha, was re-routed during a storm to the Azores, a Portuguese territory in the North Atlantic, and landed at the Lajes Air Base.
Officials and witnesses said the plane had dropped steeply in altitude, hurling several passengers out of their seats and causing one traveller to suffer heart trouble. Read more
LA UNIÓN, COLOMBIA, 30 November 2016: The football world mourned, Tuesday, after a plane carrying a Brazilian team crashed in the mountains in Colombia, killing 71 people, but miraculously leaving six survivors, officials said.
Football legends Pele and Maradona as well as current superstars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo led tributes to the players of Chapecoense Real, a humble team whose march to glory was cut abruptly short.
Having risen only recently from obscurity, the team was on its way to play in the finals of the Copa Sudamericana, South America’s second-biggest club tournament, when disaster struck. Read more
TOKYO, 21 November 2016: Japanese low-cost carrier Peach Aviation said Friday it would buy 13 Airbus aircraft valued at almost USD1.4 billion as part of its expansion plans to cash in on a pick-up in demand for air travel in the country.
Peach, an affiliate of major Japanese carrier All Nippon Airways (ANA), agreed to buy 10 fuel-efficient A320neos and three conventional A320ceos, it said in a statement.
The new aircraft are to be used for Peach’s “business expansion” it said. Read more
DUBAI, 10 November 2016: Emirates Group held steady on revenue, but profit was hit by the double whammy of a strong US dollar and challenging operating environment according the group’s half-year results for 2016 to 2017.
Emirates Group revenue reached AED 46.5 billion (USD 12.7 billion) for the first six months of its 2016 to 2017 financial year, up 1% from AED 46.0 billion (USD 12.5 billion) during the same period last year.
Following one of its best ever half-year profit performances last year, the half-year net profit (2016 to 2017) totaled AED 1.3 billion (USD 364 million), down 64%. Read more
DOHA, 31 October 2016: Qatar Airways and British Airways have extended their codeshare agreement following the launch of British Airway’s nonstop service between London and Doha.
Travellers will now benefit from seven daily flights to Heathrow, improving connectivity on to each airline’s network.
The expanded codeshare network will include all of British Airways’ flights within the United Kingdom, covering Aberdeen, Belfast, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Leeds, Bradford, Manchester and Newcastle. Read more